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>>> hi, everyone. i'm tamron hall. the "news nation" is following the george zimmerman trial about to go to the jury. court is about to resume after a lunch break. then judge deborah nelson is about to charge the six-member all-women jury, which will then begin deliberations. all of this follows the conclusions we all witnessed before lunch, the closing arguments with prosecutor getting the final word. >> if that defendant had done only what he was supposed to do, see and call, none of us would be here. none of us. but that's not who he was. that's not where he was that night in his heart. after months of these people getting away, not tonight. not this one. trayvon martin may not have the defendant's blood on his hands, but george zimmerman will forever have trayvon martin's blood on his. >> the day started with defense attorney mark o'mara presenting his closing arguments. >> he is a defendant. maybe the fact the state attorney's office has decided to charge him, he's done something wrong. how many could have beens have you heard from the state? how many what ifs have you heard f
of the zimmerman trial. tune in tonight for special prime time coverage of the zimmerman trial. it kicks off at 8:00 p.m. eastern with a live edition of "huckabee." >>> fox news alert out of florida. in moments the jury will be resuming deliberations in the george zimmerman murder trial after a short recess. a live look now at the courthouse in sanford where the six women of the jury are hunkered down, weighing the evidence and considering the fate of george zimmerman. we could hear their decision at any time. earlier this morning the jury, along with zimmerman, his defense team, and the prosecution, briefly appeared before the judge before she gave their marching orders. hello, everyone. welcome to "america's news headquarters." >> the panel going on six-plus hours of deliberations. neighborhood watchman george zimmerman shot and killed 17 we are old trayvon martin. that happened last year and he claims self-defense. now it is up to a jury to find him not guilty or guilty of second-degree murder or manslaughter. >> reporter: hi. those jurors are expected to resume their deliberations sometime th
>>> the george zimmerman trial continues today with the second full day of defense witnesses. it's been dominated by the evidence of forensic pathologist dr. vincent di maio. the jury was not called into the court until 10:30 this morning so the defense could hear arguments about whether an animated depiction of george zimmerman describing the shooting was allowed to be seen. let's go now to msnbc's craig melvin who has been following the trial in sanford. craig, we just had via video link the testimony of elloise dilligard, who was a resident in the twin lakes area and knew george zimmerman as a member of neighborhood watch. >> reporter: yeah, and martin, what you just said is about all we've gotten so far out of elloise dilligard, again, a residents there in the same gated condo complex as george zimmerman. she is testifying via facetime because she is under the weather. again, at this point not exactly sure how her testimony is going to fit into the larger defense strategy here, but elloise dilligard, she's been on the stand now for about 5 or 10 minutes. we also found out jus
another sidebar. adam pollock recalled, the gentleman who owned the gym where george zimmerman trained and he also trained george zimmerman for a while as well, described him as soft, said he was not athletic. first question out of the mouth of the defense porn was, are you now calling -- now advertising at your gym? this is basically where george zimmerman trained. they were asking him about using the trial as a way to advertise. the defense immediately objected. and that is when the sidebar started. that sidebar's wrapping up now. as you indicated, the major headline this afternoon, announcement from george zimmerman that he will not testify. also, judge nelson deciding not to throw the case out, not to grant an acquittal from the bench as well. so it's going to go to a jury at some point. again, we expect that the defense -- excuse me, the state will call at least two rebuttal witnesses, perhaps three. then of course the jury instructions, closing arguments as well. but again, the defense has rested its case. it looks like, looks like, we are approaching the end of this trial. >> cr
instructions on the charges against george zimmerman. i am brianna keilar, as you heard suzanne say. any moment you will hear those instructions so i want to bring in our expert legal panel now. sunny hostin, cnn legal analyst and former federal prosecutor. she was in the courtroom today in sanford, florida. faith jenkins, a prosecutor. trent copeland, a criminal defense attorney. of course, don lemon also joining us from florida. you know, sunny, i want to ask you first. because you were there in the courtroom. and tell us a little bit about what we're expecting to hear from judge nelson. and if there might be any surprises. or is this pretty -- sort of what we're going to expect. the different instructions that we heard both sides arguing, sometimes very vociferously about yesterday. >> yeah. i mean, the instructions have been agreed upon by both sides. the judge has made her final determination. we even have a copy of those final jury instructions because they've been finalized. in a sense, we're not going to hear any surprises. but this is all going to be a surprise to the jury. because, of
, complete coverage of the george zimmerman murder trial. both the prosecution and the defense are still trying to use that controversial 911 call to prove their case. developing now, the accused boston marathon bomber faces a judge this hour. he's also facing survivors of the deadly terror attack. >>> and four days after that terrifying plane crash in san francisco, the faa changes the rules. all the news as it happens right now. it's "the cycle." >>> we start in sanford, florida. it's the george zimmerman trial. right now we're hearing from a new witness, a neighbor of zimmerman's whose home was broken into while she was inside with her young child. that incident is why george zimmerman told police he decided to start the neighborhood watch. let's listen. >> -- the person or persons involved had not been caught, right? >> right. >> and you discussed that it was your belief -- i say yours collectively, you and him -- that that person responsible lived in retreat twin lakes, right? >> it was confirmed by the police. >> that they lived inside. >> yes. >> and you discussed that with the de
, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth so help you god. >> i do. >> mr. zimmerman, like i said before, you're aware during this trial you have the absolute right to remain silent. you do not have to say anything, do anything, or prove anything. is that correct? >> yes, your honor. >> and you also have the right to testify if you want to. do you understand that? >> yes, your honor. >> and i've given you an opportunity to discuss with your attorneys whether or not you want to testify in this case, and you have indicated that you have had those discussions. >> yes, your honor. >> and have you made a decision, sir, as to whether or not you want to ef in this case? >> your honor, i object to that question. >> okay. overrule. >> have you made a decision as to whether or not you want to testify in this case? >> i object to that question. >> overruled. the court is entitled to inquire if mr. zimmerman's determination is to whether or not he wants to testify. mr. zimmerman, have you made a decision as to whether or not you want to testify in this case? >> not at this time, your honor. >> and w
of george zimmerman. the six- person jury is deciding whether to convict or charge him with helps in the death of trayvon martin. they could also acquit. the jurors began weighing the testimony on zimmerman and right now, they are getting set for a lunch break after three hours of deliberations this morning, 29-year-old george zimmerman said he shot 17-year-old trayvon martin in self defense. we'll so if the jury believes him or if he's on the way to spending times behind bars. hello, i am uma. the america's headquarters starts right now. at this hour as we await the jury's verdict on whether the fatal shooting of zimmerman is second-degree murder or manslaughter. many are watching and waiting for the jury's decision. we'll have the latest from sanford, johnathon? >> good afternoon, uma, jurors are going to break for lunch between 12 and 1 o'clock east other than time this afternoon. they are going to eat lunch inside of the courthouse and outside of the hour house behind me, you may notice the group of protestors, the group is slowly growing and expected to continue to grow as we
's lead, the state's closing arguments in the george zimmerman second-degree murder trial. this afternoon, the prosecution gave the jury its summary of the case against mr. zimmerman. a dramatic, emotional presentation. he believes he profiled, followed, and gunned down trayvon martin. it came just hours after the judge ruled that the jury can also consider the lesser charge of manslaughter. a decision that could have a huge impact on how the jury decides this case. lots to talk about. but we start with the closing arguments. the prosecution reminding the jury of what their case is all about. >> good afternoon. a teenager is dead. he is dead through no fault of his own. he is dead because another man made assumptions. that man assumed certain things. he is dead not just because the man made those assumptions, because he acted upon those assumptions. and unfortunately, unfortunately, because his assumptions were wrong, they von benjamin martin no longer walks on this earth. unfortunately, this is one of the last photos that will ever be taken of trayvon martin. and that is true because of
comes to the verdict in the george zimmerman trial. so we are now on verdict watch. after 24 days in court, 12 days of testimony, 56 witnesses, george zimmerman's fate is in the hands of six female jurors. with me today for it all, jonathan capehart, steve kornacki, lisa bloom, and patrick murphy, seema ayer, and paul henderson. of course, we have kerry sanders live in florida. let's start down there. kerry, riveting stuff in the defense's final arguments and the prosecution's rebuttal. you were inside the court for it all. how did it play out in the courtroom, kerry? >> reporter: well, it was fascinating to watch it unfold. you know, it's a different view than when you see it on those cameras. perhaps the most interesting thing was to look at the jurors. i could concentrate on them. i found them to be somewhat stone faced. it's not as if you can read where they are. they're looking both at the defense attorney mark o'mara and looking at john guy, who did the rebuttal for the state with the same intensity. taking few notes. in fact, during john guy's rebuttal, i only saw one juror
>> you are looking live at the courthouse in sanford, florida where the fate of george zimmerman is now in the hands of the jury. hi, everyone, i'm laura ingraham in for bill o'reilly and thanks for watching us tonight. we are officially on verdict watch in the george zimmerman murder trial. day one of deliberations has ended without a verdict. the six person all-female panel is deciding if george zimmerman is guilty of second degree murder, manslaughter, or not guilty of either charge in the death of trayvon martin. there is also a fourth possible outcome though, a hung jury. throughout the hour, the factor will bring you the most comprehensive and responsible coverage of every development in this case. but, first, a recap of the drama that unfolded today. during closing arguments, the defense asked the jurors one last time to find george zimmerman not guilty. >> i almost wish and i have never said this in a criminal trial before. i never heard it being said before. i almost wish that the verdict had guilty, not guilty, and completely innocent. i would ask you to check that one.
last month following a nearly 11-hour filibuster. >>> now, back to the zimmerman case. in an interview you're going to see first right here on cnn, his closing arguments behind him zimmerman's lead defense attorney opened up to cnn's martin savidge. mark o'mara talking about his early concerns of taking on a client he was being called the most hated man in america. >> was it a concern for you that he might have been a racist? >> when i saw the 12-year-old trayvon martin picture and the 270-pound george zimmerman picture, yes, no question. and strangely enough, i think that's why most of the people who believe george zimmerman is a racist today got their belief when they saw those two pictures 16 months ago. and you can't not have that thought. you can't look at 12-year-old trayvon martin and the size of george zimmerman and say there's any reason why trayvon martin should have lost his life that night. when you look at the reality, it's completely different. i see race being injected into this case in the first week that it existed. and i see that it's never left this case. >> let's co
zimmerman trial yet. who will mark o'mara calls a his last witness? that's all for us tonight. anderson cooper starts now. >>> the trial was a sprint but tonight it became a marathon. trench warfare in the courtroom. good evening. welcome to another "ac 360" special report "self-defense or murder, the george zimmerman trial." first, a heated battle that just ended at 9:56 p.m. eastern time. the judge ordering a recess until tomorrow morning, wednesday. the defense asking the judge to permit several key items into evidence, text messages and photos that would seem to paint trayvon martin as aggressive in the eyes of the jury. the defense attorney don west tonight making his pitch. listen. >> there are two main issues. one relates to several conversations by mr. martin attempting to acquire a firearm. >> these are conversations that are audio conversations or are they written? >> they are text messages that were obtained from his phone. the crux of the matter is the fighting issue, it's mr. martin's text messages about being in a fight, about the effects of that fight on him, th
, urging unity as the jury deliberates the fate of george zimmerman. six women, five of them mothers, who will ultimately decide whether the defendant potentially spends the rest of his life in prison or walks free, or something in between. this morning during closing arguments zimmerman's attorney said his client was merely defending himself against trayvon martin, and just like the prosecution did yesterday, the defense brought out some props. >> trayvon martin that night, these were issues i have to show you. the hoodie on, this is from the picture that we showed you. not in evidence. just look at it. and then there's george zimmerman. how tall he is. take a look at him compared to my eye height. >> and you can see here, at one point, o'mara even asking zimmerman to stand next to the cutout of trayvon martin so the jury could see the height difference. the attorneys say the prosecutors had absolutely no evidence to show that the defendant ever acted out of ill will, spite, or hatred, the key components to any second degree murder conviction if one is handed down, and jurors getting the
>>> this is cnn news room. i'm suzanne malveaux. it's judgment day for george zimmerman. the court has recessed moments ago. they're in a lunch break. when the jurors return the judge will give them their instructions. after that the wait is on as the six-woman jury decides zimmerman's fate for the shooting death of unarmed teenager of trayvon martin. we'll take you live back to that sanford, florida courtroom. attorneys from both sides delivered their final arguments. you had lead defense attorney mark o'mara setting out to convince the jury of what he called zimmerman's absolute innocence. then john guy delivered the rebuttal insisting that trayvon martin was the one who feared for his life on that faithful day. george howell is outside the courthouse in sanford, florida. it's been amazing trial. the last person the jurors heard from was the prosecutor. let's start off with him. this is someone who said that child had every right to be there on that street and then a strange man following him first by car then by foot. how did people respond? what do you make of the argument? >>
may i use this for a moment? i want to follow up on some of the questions. george zimmerman, trayvon martin. were the injuries on mr. zimmerman's consistent with someone doing this on cement? >> i don't think so. >> how about this? how about someone resisting it. could that have come from cement. if someone was resisting me from pushing down? >> i believe so. i believe it was a culmination of downward force whether it was from pushing or striking. i know clearly by the injuries to his face and that drive him back his head striking hard into the concrete. >> would you expect that somebody getting their head struck on the cement would attempt to resist it happening? >> of course. normal human instinct is try to mover away from the pain stimulus. >> would that occur not only the first time or every subsequent time? >> whether a push or strike every time you drive a strike or push downwards body goes until it hits an object that will stop it? >> did you see the pictures that showed punctate bruising and lacerations? >> those were the things that caught my eye to support the stri
to the essential elements of the crime and that george zimmerman is guilty of second degree murder. now, i said to you that it was going to tick off all of my brothers and sisters because way was going to say to you -- i was going to say to you -- i was going to show you or prove to you -- and i have not just my little conversation with you, we'll be talking about that in a minute, but this ... i'm sorr sorry ... again, this is what really matters, which says self-defense. it's interesting because i have another poster i'll show you in a little bit. trying to figure out how to make self-testifies make sense to you. because it's sort of like disproving a negative. the state carries a burden without question of proving to you beyond a reasonable doubt that george zimmerman did not properly act in self-defense. if i misspeak complete mr. guy fix it. george zimmerman is not guilty if you have a reasonable doubt that he acted in self-defense. this is where i'm going, we are going to send about 10 minutes, proving to you beyond a reasonable doubt that he acted in self-defense. the state needs to conv
emotion from george zimmerman in the courtroom as this week's testimony could see more family on the stand to testify on his behalf. friday, zimmerman was visibly afecked. listening to his uncle explain when he heard those highly scrutinized screams for help on a 911 audiotape. >> i said, that is george. and i stood up and looked at the tv. >> reporter: also zimmerman's mother -- >> do you know whose voice that was screaming in the background? >> yes. >> whose voice is that? >> my son george. >> how are you certain of that? >> because he is my son. >> reporter: a day of duelling testimony, after sybrina fulton told the court what she heard. >> that screaming or yelling, do you recognize that? >> yes. >> and who do you recognize that to be, ma'am? >> trayvon benjamin martin. >> reporter: martin's older brother also testified the screams were from his brother, but in cross-examination fulton was put on the spot for once telling a reporter he wasn't positive about who was screaming only later to conclude it was trayvon martin. for most of day nine, jurors listened to the medical
the person, you believe is george zimmerman yelling help, help continuously? >> that was absolutely george zimmerman. >> no doubt in your mind you believe it's george zimmerman? >> there's not a single doubt in my mind. >> he have yelling over and over help, help? >> yes. i heard like other screams help but the screams in particular, i could tell, i knew that was george zimmerman. >> you heard other screams too that you weren't sure of? >> there was help. those particular emotional, obviously when someone is in dire straits whether be combat or anything else your voice obviously changes. i've heard 250 pound men sound like a little girl screaming, but before you get there you know who he is. >> you had -- you believe there were george zimmerman and others you can't make out? >> the voices i heard screaming and for help are george zimmerman. there's other voices on top of that in the tape. there's 911 operator. there's other stuff which oddly enough i'm familiar with because in the den of battle you have a loot of extraneous other noises going on at the same time. >> other people yelling or
zimmerman. was it murder, manslaughter or self-defense? after 14 days of testimony, slide shows, witnesses, theatrics, and even a little courtroom bickering, the case is in the jury's hands with three choices in front of them: second-degree murder, manslaughter or not guilty. their first decision, they decided to sleep on it. they've been back now for several hours today, and every legal expert in the land says you can never predict what a jury will do. when you take a look at these high-profile cases, you can understand. it took the jodi arias jury 15 hours to convict her in the first-degree murder of her boyfriend, travis alexander. in the casey anthony trial, it took 10-plus hours to convict her in the death of her daughter. conrad murray, it took nine hours to convict him in the death of michael jackson. and scott peterson, it took 7 days to convict him of the murder of his wife. there are just six days in the george zimmerman trial. >> her children are 11 and 13. she's a proud member of her church. her husband is an engineer. other specifics of the women deciding george zimmerman's fa
george zimmerman let the judge know there is still a chance he could testify in his defense in his trial. interesting exchange. let's listen to this between judge deborah nelson and the florida man charged with second-degree murder. >>> have you made a decision, sir, as to whether or not you want to testify -- >> i object to that question. >> overruled. have you made a decision as to whether or not you want to testify in the case? >> i object to that question. i think that's -- >> overruled. the court is entitled to enquire of mr. zimmerman's determination as to whether or not he wants to testify. mr. zimmerman, have you made a decision as to whether or not you want to testify in this case? >> no. not at this time, your honor. >> okay. when is it -- how long do you think you need before you make that decision? >> your honor, may we have an opportunity to speak? the case isn't concluded yet. >> i understand that. and i've asked mr. zimmerman if he needed more time to talk to his attorneys. if he does, i will afford it to him. mr. zimmerman, how much more time do you think you're going to
out how to fire a gun. sandra oster man, friend, definitely george zimmerman screaming for help. and explained away some of what the state was trying to move to you through the nonemergency call about the anger and hate tres that just send there. same with russo, no questions it's george zimmerman's voice. same with benson, and that was george zimmerman. i'm not sure that if i had thought about trying to figure out who in the world talks to people they know, and then hears them scream for their life. i just -- there's no profession that does that. maybe a cornerman in a boxing ring, but they don't scream for help there. a medic in vietnam, a person who hangs out during the day with his buddies of 6200 people, figures out who they are, what they are, who they left behind at home, when they want to go back, when they might go back, and you know what? that they might never go back. he has a medic bag, and heads out towards the screams, and that even before he gets there sometimes, he knows who it is that's screaming. wow. didn't want to testify, i don't think, a guy who's been in v
'm brianna keilar. thanks for watching. "the lead" starts now. >> we are now on george zimmerman verdict watch. people jake tapper. this is "the lead." the national lead, after three weeks of dramatic and emotional testimony, six female jurors are now deciding the fate of george zimmerman and deciding whether it was murder or self-defense. george zimmerman's attorney made one final pitch to the jury today hammering home the notion of reasonable doubt saying there's too many could have beens to convict. we'll hear from him, the man who orchestrated the closing arguments, attorney mark o'mara. >> and our world lead, catch me if you can. we're getting our first look at snowden. is he now planning to stay in russia? we'll talk to someone who was face to face with him in the room today. good afternoon, everyone. i'm jake tapper. we'll begin with the national lead and our continuous coverage of the george zimmerman trial, which has brought renewed folk to us issues of race, racial profiling and self-defense. oh, to be a fly on the wall in that jury room in florida as six women try to answer th
on your knuckles, correct? >> that's correct. >> in other words, george zimmerman could have hit trayvon martin and not left bruising on his knuckles. >> that's correct, sir. >> you were asked a bunch of questions and were shown photographs of george zimmerman's head, right? >> yes, sir. >> all parts of his head and you gave your opinion as to what that is or not. would you not agree that somebody that is familiar with his head like a doctor that had treated him in the past or like a physician's assistant would know what was existing there before that thing or not in terms of the shape of the body or the head is? >> may or may not. you don't generally remember the shape of one of your patient's heads especially if you are seeing 20 or 30 patients a day. >> my next question regarding that, who is the best person that would see george zimmerman right then and there the next day would be able to describe what injuries he had or did not have? >> in theory if they do it correctly, yes. the problem is that emergency room records and doctors records are generally lousy in regards to describing
a verdict in the george zimmerman murder trial. they are inside that courthouse right there and they are deliberating going into their 12th hour. right now the zimmerman jury, again, going into the 12th hour of deliberations, the six female jurors deciding george zimmerman's fate, deliberating straight through lunch today. the case has sparked passionate debate on race in america and gun laws. people across the nation have very strong opinions. but it all comes down to six women to decide whether george zimmerman should go to prison for the shooting death of 17-year-old teenager trayvon martin or walk away a free man. the jury has four options. find zimmerman guilty of second-degree murder. find zimmerman guilty of manslaughter, a lesser charge. find zimmerman not guilty. acquit him. and the fourth option if jurors cannot agree is a hung jury, a mistrial. we also have a startling development involving trayvon martin's cell phone to tell you about now, a pretrial witness got fired for raising questions about thousands of photos on martin's cell phone. he was the directo
. >> fox urgent. a busy saturday as we are on verdict watch in the george zimmerman murder trial, playing out in central florida. we'll split screen it and you will see the field we often see, there is activity going on in the courtroom and has been in the last now minutes, but when they are in side-bar, as they are talking about yet another question that came from the jury, we cannot hear what the judge and attorneys are talking about. but we have inferences and ideas of what they say. my guests will chime in momentarily. to the left of the screen, is the growing crowd that we have watched all day long outside of the courthouse in sanford, florida. to catch you up, the judge called everybody back to the courtroom including the media, get there immediately and it was not about second-degree murder, a question that the jury had. they wanted clarification on manslaughter, the lesser charge against george zimmerman, a task of the six women deciding. it could come any moment. they really don't have a dead line and they can go on as long as it takes. when the verdict comes down, we'll file and
hour plus closing argument. mark o'marahad george zimmerman to stand in the courtroom in an effort to human otherwise the defendant who had no reaction and didn't change expression and finally that computer animation zimmerman's defense tried to get in the trial played out for the jorto see trayvon martin throw the first punch and the two wrestling on the grass and side walk. heoused four minutes to represent the time that zimmerman called police about a suspicious trayvon martin and the final gun shot. the partners of trayvon mart and i know george zimmerman sat in the courtroom watching it all as omarahammered home that the self defense case boat the state's murder rap. >> at that moment, george zimmerman shot trayvon martin and what other options did he have? none. he had none. >> and after the jury's lunch break the judge will give them instructions that the six jurors and alternates will find out. and on the page is lesser charge of manslaughter that said george zimmerman committed an act or acts that caused the death of trayvon martin and that's why the defense argued against
or not george zimmerman is guilty in the crime of the death of 17-year-old trayvon martin. in this hour, you're going to hear from one of the main voices in the case with a new candid perspective never before heard. martin savage sat down with lead defense attorney mark o'mara, and we tried to do the same with prosecutors and the martin family. however, they are choosing to speak after a verdict is reached. but o'mara offered to open up just after he finished his closing argument, knowing he has said and done all he can for his client. >> you were not the first attorney in this case? >> no, i wasn't. i was sort of second and third. >> so there's a period you were actually a spectator before you became involved. >> and a commentator. i was commenting on it a little bit. >> what were you thinking about this case at that time? >> when i commented at first, i looked at it and said, you got to be careful with the stand your ground law, because it allows people to do things they can do sort of morally. don't take advantage of a statute in doing things you do. and there's a lot about this case we d
of the courtroom in sanford, florida, where any minute, george zimmerman's lawyers will start calling witnesses. they put zimmerman's mother on the stand to make an assessment of the calls made on the night 17-year-old trayvon martin was killed. prior to that, prosecutors presented their final witnesses including trayvon martin's mother who testified it was her son screaming on the call. we heard from the medical examiner who performed martin's autopsy. >> i believe he was alive for 1 to 10 minutes after he was shot it. his heart was beating until there was no blood left. at that point, his heart stopped. >> are you saying he could move or he couldn't in terps of -- can you say it one way or the other? >> from my experience, on other autopsy i did three weeks ago, i don't believe he can move after shot. >> joining me now, craig melvin and legal analyst lisa bloom in new york. craig, starting with you what do we expect to see today from the defense? >> the defense, third witness, and over the weekend we learned from mark o'mara that at some point, perhaps as early as today, the defense plans to
in the trial of george zimmerman. >> the reality of what happened is very straightforward. and if proved, absolute innocence. >> harris: the defense saying prosecutors simply did not prove their case. >> i almost wish that the verdict had guilty, not guilty, and completely innocent. i would just ask you to check that one. >> harris: george zimmerman's attorney pulling out some props to make his point. >> harris: plus, prosecutors get one last chance to convince jurors it was murder, not self-defense. pleasure. >> trayvon martin may not have the defendant's blood on his hands but george zimmerman will forever have trayvon martin's blood on his. >> harris: now family, a defendant, and all of the rest of us wait to find out what the jury will decide. and that is where we begin tonight. i'm harris faulkner in for shepard smith. and almost exactly an hour ago, the jurors considering george zimmerman's fate called it a night after deliberating for about three and a half hours. six women of the jury making only a single request of the court in all that time for a list of every bit of evidence i
," self-defense or murder? the defense rests in the george zimmerman trial in a courtroom where tensions are running high. what did zimmerman say? >> don't want to testify. >> what was the prosecutor doing with a foam dummy and what will closing arguments bring as america braces for a verdict? >>> the fast and fabulous, she is the only full-time female nascar pit crew member. this is dangerous and dirty work. so how is this bombshell received in the garage by the guys? and how will she respond when we ask is she a real player or just a publicity stunt. >>> and call of the wild. what happens when man and beast communicate via saxophone? that's in tonight's "feed frenzy." >> keep it right here, america, "nightline" is back in just 60 seconds. >>> from new york city, this is "nightline," with dan harris. >> good evening, it is really coming down to the wire tonight in the trial that is both captivating and polarizing america. the defense rested today. and very soon, the jury of six women will decide if george zimmerman will go free or spend the rest of his life in prison, perhaps. whatever
family's foundation. >> maya wiley and jelani cobb. msnbc's coverage of the george zimmerman trial continues next. >>> the jury in the george zimmerman trial began deliberations tonight after a day of closing arguments. i'm lisa bloom. >> i'm craig melvin live in sanford, florida. tonight, the final arguments by the prosecution and the defense. and what the jury must decide. >> assumptions presume a lack of evidence. if you have to presume something, you don't know it. >> a final plea to the jury. >> the defense in the george zimmerman trial just finished their closing statements. >> george zimmerman is not guilty. if you have just a reasonable doubt. >> mark o'mara was very strong in closing argument about reasonable doubt. >> do you have a doubt? beyond a reasonable doubt. just a reasonable doubt. beyond a reasonable doubt. >> attorney mark o'mara has taken aim at the prosecution. >> we are now awaiting a rebuttal from prosecution. >> this case is not about race. it's about right and wrong. >> he worked very hard to paint the big picture. >> to the living, we owe respect, but to
in the murder trial of george zimmerman in central florida. his testimony suggests that trayvon martin, the young man who zimmerman admits he killed, may have been on top of zimmerman when he pulled the trigger. and nationally renowned gunshot wound expert testified for the defense today. dr. vincent dimaio has 40 years of experience as a forensic pathologist, charges $400 an hour. on the stand today the doctor said forensic evidence shows how the barrel of the gun came into direct contact with trayvon martin's clothing about it was two to four inches away from his skin or body. in other words, trayvon martin was likely leaning over george zimmerman with gravity pulling his hoodie towards the ground. >> if you lean over somebody, you will notice that the clothing tends to fall away from the chest. if instead you're lying on your back and somebody shoots you, the clothing is going to be intense your chest. >> the defense expert says this does not appear to be a straight-on shot. that contradicts the prosecution's case. the doctor appears to support zimmerman's claims that he was engaged
, the defendant, george zimmerman. the man who is guilty of second degree murder. thank you. >> thank you. ladies and gentlemen, we're going to recess for the evening. before i let you go and while you're getting your note pads to be ready to place face down, i'm going to give you my instructions. you're not to discuss the case amongst yourselves or with anybody else. you're not to read or listen to any e-mails, text messages or social networking pages about the case. you're not to create or read any of those. you're not to get on the internet to do any independent research about the case, people, places or events or listen to any newspaper, television or radio reports. do i have your assurances that you will abide buy these instructions? we will be in recess until 9:00 a.m. please put your note pads face down. >> the jury is in recess. i'm jack tapper. this is "the lead." you've been watching our continuous coverage of the george zimmerman trial. you were just watching a very impassioned, forceful and methodical prosecutor laying out his case to the jury why the death of 17-year-old trayvon mart
we approach? >> yes. >>> the george zimmerman trial continues today with the first full day of the defense continuing their case. they're actually at a side bar discussing with the judge at this moment. i'm joined now by msnbc legal analyst, lisa bloom. lisa, we have just seen tracy martin, the father of trayvon martin, on the stand. and i think this is what the defense have been building up to today, isn't it, by presenting all of these witnesses, who are claiming that the voice they heard screaming out on that so-called lauer 911 tape was actually george zimmerman. >> well, that's right. and there have been seven witnesses who were family members or friends of george zimmerman who said, it is george zimmerman screaming out for help on that call. now we hear from tracy martin, the father of trayvon martin, who says he now believes it was his son, trayvon martin, calling out. but we know that initially, when he heard it the first time, he denied that it was his son. and we heard from two police officers who were present at that initial interview. the defense is opening, numb
coverage of the george zimmerman trial. i am chris cuomo. good morning to you. >> hey everybody. i'm kate bolduan. thanks for joining us. a lot to get to. >> day two of what we're calling verdict watch in the george zimmerman trial. the jury working through lunch showing how determined they are. we'll be live from sanford with any updates. the judge in the case, debra nelson, certainly no nonsense on the stand. we'll talk to another well-known judge to get her take on it, someone you know very well. >>> another story we're watching closely, nsa leaker edward snowden is still in the moscow airport reportedly applying for political asylum in russia. will he be allowed to stay? that has serious implications. >>> first here as we show you george zimmerman, the jurors are showing their intention to spend every second they can working until they reach a verdict. that's the good news. they've decided to deliberate through their lunch hour today. nearly in their eighth hour of deliberations as we've been telling you here. they could work as long as they want tonight, judge nelson being very open-
, arthur. martha: hello, everybody. with this fox news alert the george zimmerman trial heads to closing arguments today. the jury could get this case as soon as tomorrow. as we saw, even more high drama in the courtroom. the star witness was a dummy. gregg: i'm gregg jarrett in for bill hemmer. things got heated when judge debra nelson pressed george zimmerman over whether he was going to take the witness stand. >> mr. zimmerman have you made a decision whether you want to testify in this case? >> not at this time. >> how long do you think before you make that decision. >> may we have an opportunity to speak? the case isn't concluded yet. >> i understand that. and i asked mr. zimmerman if he needed more time to talk to his attorneys and if he does i will afford it to him. mr. zimmerman, now much more time do you think actual need to discuss this with your attorneys. >> on mr. zimmerman's behalf. >> i'm asking your client questions, please, mr. west. martha: that was something yesterday. there is a lot of questions about that exchange. we'll get into that a little later with judge janine
, florida, with the george zimmerman trial. testimony has just wrapped up from a forensic pathologist who, as you may have heard, specializes in analysis of bullets and firearms. he testified that the concentration of powder marks around trayvon martin's gunshot wound backs up the zimer man story that martin was on top of him, on some of zimmerman, during their struggle that fateful day. the next witness is taking the stand now. let's turn to lisa bloom. i think we have a minute here, lisa. what's your latest update? >> well, you're right. he was very good on direct examination, saying that george zimmerman's story was consistent, and that's the buzz word, consistent with the medical evidence. it's also consistent with some other possibilities. . that came out on cross-examination. for example, if trayvon martin was pulling away and george zimmerman was holding his shirt at the time, the medical and scientific evidence would be consistent with that scenario. he also said that george zimmerman could have hit trayvon martin and not have any bruising on him. absence of evidence does not mean
of the george zimmerman watch. >> this is a special edition of huckabee. we are live in the fox news channel and new york. and you are watching and you know there are major developments in florida in the trial of george zimmerman. we'll keep you up-to-date and throughout the hour, not only discuss what is going on, and if anything brakes you will hear it first on the fox news channel. we'll go to phil keating who is covering the trial and outside oq courthouse right now. phil, bring us up-to-date where we are this minute? >> head loin right now. jury of six women are considering, convicting george zimmerman of manslaughter: that was the question posed to the judge after not a peep all day long, the second day of jury deliberations that have now surpassed the 13 hour mark. george zimmerman charged with second-degree murder and the jury is allowed to consider manslaughter and of course, a sweeping not guilty if they feel his self defense claim trumps any of the other evident gaeps him by prosecutors. they have a question at 6 o'clock and they come out and everybody is rushed in there and then
. >> if it was trayvon martin who had shot and killed george zimmerman, what would your verdict be. >> your verdict finding george zimmerman either guilty or not guilty must be unanimous. >> at 2:28 this afternoon, judge debra nelson sent out the jury to begin their deliberations in the trial of george zimmerman, this coming after 12 days of testimony, 56 witnesses and several hours of passionate closing arguments earlier today. the options for the jury, a guilty charge of second degree murder, a guilty claurge of manslaughter or an acquittal. mark o'mara presented his arguments. he showed a chart called self-defense burden of proof. >> we're not going to ask you not to have impressions. that's absurd. my fear is that if that allows you to sort of diminish or minimize your task that you've taken on here, that it works against my client. because when we, even when we talk about things like common sense, we want you to use your common sense, but be, be careful with your common sense. but the reality is, until you get to the idea, the concept of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, then you just don't get
in for chris matthews. the fate of george zimmerman is in the jury's hands now. this morning mark o'mara made his closing argument saying that zimmerman acted in self-defense, and pointing out that state had not proved otherwise beyond a reasonable doubt. then state attorney john guy offered a rebuttal, asking juror to bring their common sense to bear in deciding this case, and pointing out what he says was in george zimmerman's heart the night of the shooting. late this afternoon, the jury had a question for judge debra nelson, requesting an inventory list of the evidence by number and description. the jury has finished deliberating for today and will resume tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. eastern. msnbc's craig melvin has been following this case closely and joins me from outside the florida courthouse. it was an active day, craig. now i guess quiet. >> yeah, you know, mike, very active. three and a half hours. three hours, 30 minutes, that's how long the jury of six women spent deliberating this afternoon into the evening. shortly after, they received that list of evidence, shortly thereafte
in the george zimmerman trial. the jury's decision could come down at literally any moment. these are live pictures from the seminole county courthouse in sanford, florida, where jurors have been shut away in the jury room, deliberating for about three and a half hours now. by this point, they probably selected their foreman and are reviewing the evidence. after 12 days of testimony and 53 witnesses, these six women on the jury must decide whether george zimmerman is guilty in the shooting death of 17-year-old trayvon martin. this morning, they heard mr. zimmerman's lawyer make closing arguments for the defense. >> you look at all this evidence, and you have to say i have a reasonable doubt as to whether or not the state convinced me. he didn't act in self-defense. that's all you have to do. you don't have to write innocent on the bottom of the verdict form. i want you to really, really look at the instructions, apply them, and just say he acted in self-defense, find him not guilty. let him go back and get back to his life. >> after that, the state had its final chance for a rebuttal. pros
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